Party health perils

Party health perils

Party health perils

First published in Health

New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, but your body may not feel up to celebrating into the wee hours after the excesses of Christmas. Follow these tips for looking and feeling great the morning after!

By Madeleine Cuff.

The climax of the party season is New Year's Eve, but after the excesses of Christmas, your body may not feel up to celebrating into the wee hours.

Follow our tips to looking and feeling great - even on the morning after the night before!

Dance the night away There's nothing worse than slipping on the perfect pair of shoes, only to find that your feet are in agony the minute you hit the dance floor. Luckily, there are plenty of solutions out there to combat killer heels.

Prevention: Wedges can look just as glamorous as a pair of heels, but are twice as comfortable! They're much easier to walk in as they spread the weight across your whole sole. Alternatively, a pair of heeled boots will reduce the chance of painful rubbing, and will look sophisticated with a sparkly dress.

Cure: If you're still set on wearing those special party shoes, invest in padded insoles or gel cushions to ease the pressure on the balls of your feet. Anti-blister sticks work well - instead of unsightly plasters - to prevent nasty blisters, and fit easily into your handbag.

Try: Carnation Anti-Blister Stick, £3.99, from all good pharmacies Avoid a virus New Year's Eve is a great time to catch up with old and new friends, but in a warm, crowded atmosphere you might be getting more than a good natter... Who knows what nasty bugs could be lurking in your fellow revellers?

Prevention: Protect yourself from unwanted ailments by cramming in lots of vitamins leading up to the bash. Fruit juices are a great way of getting vitamin C to boost your immune system - make sure they're 100% pure though, as juice drinks are packed with sugar and additives. Onions work with vitamin C to fight bacteria in the tummy, so a lunch of steaming onion soup is a great idea before the big night.

Cure: If a cold does strike, dose up on some all-in-one cold and flu medication and settle down in front of the fire for a cosy night in to recover.

Try: Covonia Cold and Flu formula, £4.75 for 160ml, from www.chemistdirect.co.uk Strengthen your stomach Mince pies topped with cream, rich Christmas cake, warm sausage rolls... all washed down with ladles of booze. Sounds like the perfect Christmas? Your stomach might disagree. Lots of rich food combined with late nights and stressful last-minute present hunting can leave your tummy feeling all mixed up.

Prevention: Beat the bloat that comes with overindulgence by avoiding foods that are wheat based - so munch on an olive rather than a sausage roll. Limit your portion size so you don't feel like bursting after Christmas dinner, and take some time to relax after the stress of Christmas with a magazine, some light yoga or a bubble bath.

Cure: Drink lots of water and try to eat lighter snacks of fruit and veg to calm your stomach. Artichokes can also help digestion, as they stimulate enzymes to help food break down quicker in the gut. Eat them as part of a meal or take tablets made with their extract.

Try: Nature's Best Ibisene tablets, £12.20 for 180, from www.naturesbest.co.uk or call 01892 552 117.

Have a hang-under A great New Year's Eve doesn't have to mean you start the year in a darkened room feeling squiffy. Taking just a few simple steps will mean you can spring out of bed on New Year's Day and start the year in style.

Prevention: By far the best thing you can do is to have a good meal before you head out for the evening. While out, avoid mixing your drinks, and order a glass of water instead of an alcoholic drink at least twice during the night. Resist having a final tipple before you leave, as it will only make you feel worse in the morning. Before nodding off, gulp down a pint of water with an antacid in.

Cure: Try to sleep through the worst of the symptoms - dragging yourself out of bed at 7am won't be pleasant for either you or your family! Once you're up and about, orange juice and a hearty breakfast are highly recommended remedies for a hangover. Drink lots of water throughout the day - mix in a soluble paracetamol tablet if you're really hurting.

Try: Alka Seltzer tablets, £2.39, from Superdrug Eyes wide open If you're not used to late nights, you may need some help keeping your energy up after a night of partying. Sluggishness, a pale face and lacklustre eyes can all be side effects of a great New Year's Eve.

Prevention: Get some good quality sleep in the run-up to New Year's Eve, to make sure you're as well rested as possible. Carbohydrates will provide a slow release of energy over the course of the day, so start the morning with a bowl of porridge or a couple of rounds of brown toast.

Cure: Getting out and about is the best way to beat tiredness. Go for a brisk walk to get your circulation going. Fresh air will work wonders in bringing some colour to your cheeks, and eye-brightening drops will put the sparkle back in your peepers.

Try: Murine Dry & Tired Eyes, £4.07, from Boots

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